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Appropriations Committee approves bill removing police ‘discretion tool’ in first-time cases with juveniles

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A bill introduced and passed unanimously in the Appropriations Committee on Criminal and Civil Justice Wednesday would take away tool long since considered useful, but increasingly controversial – the power of discretion. The measure – SB 196 — could drastically limit what those in the policing community could do when responding to calls involving minors, detractors at the meeting — which included representatives from the law enforcement associations — argued, as the bill’s sponsor, Sen. Anitere Flores looked on. “We…

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House Health Quality panel hears from former Colorado pot czar

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The former Colorado marijuana czar encouraged Florida lawmakers to invest in public education as they begin discussions about implementing Amendment 2. Andrew Freedman, the former director of marijuana coordination in Colorado, told the House Quality Subcommittee that the state should consider investing in public education, even before tax dollars derived from the medical marijuana industry starts rolling in. Freedman said his state waited until they received tax dollars, and officials were “surprised by what people didn’t know.” The state spends…

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Drug Free America urges caution as lawmakers discuss Amendment 2 implementation

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Drug Free America is urging Florida lawmakers to “proceed with caution” as they begin crafting legislation to implement the state’s newest medical marijuana law. “While we were opposed to Amendment 2 for a number of specific reasons, we recognize Florida voters have spoken,” said Calvina Fay, the executive director of Drug Free America, in a statement. “We also recognize lawmakers will soon convene and consider implementing language … that will dictate policy for generations to come. We strongly urge them to exercise extreme caution moving…

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Rick Scott to police chiefs: ‘What you do every day is important to every family’

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Gov. Rick Scott thanked law enforcement officers Monday, and said his administration would continue to back legislation to help first responders and their families. “We have the ability to do more,” said Scott. Scott was on hand to kick off the Florida Police Chiefs Association annual summer training conference in Bonita Springs. During his speech, Scott thanked law enforcement officers, and said their work is what has allowed Florida to grow the economy. “What you do every day impacts so…

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Bob Buckhorn slams Legislature for pushing Open Carry legislation

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Wading into the current debate in Tallahassee, Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn is slamming state lawmakers who are advocating that Florida allow nearly 1.5 million Floridians with concealed carry permits to openly carry their firearms, rather than having to keep them hidden. “This bill is totally unnecessary,” Buckhorn declared at a news conference held at Tampa Police headquarters, where he was joined by Police Chief Eric Ward, Hillsborough County State Attorney Mark Ober and the Florida League of Women Voters Patricia…

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